Paddy Caroll Tjungurrayi
Born about 1927 Paddy Carrol Tjungarrayi ‘s country and birthplace are Yarrungkanyi, north-west of Yuendumu. His father was Warlpiri and Anmatyerre speaker, and his mother Luritja and Warlpiri, her country was the site of Winparrku near Haasts Bluff. The family travelled into Haasts Bluff and Yuendumu to collect rations of bread and tea where they met with families from other stations in the area. Tjungurrayi join the Australian Army during WWII and on his return to the desert he began working on large cattle stations, his final position lasting thirty years.
In 1970 he travelled to Papunya and began painting with the senior men at the schoolhouse in the settlement. He quickly picked up the method of depicting his subjects on canvas board. In 1988 the Australian Government selected his work to feature on the bicentennial $10 polymer bank note and in 1991 he travelled to the US with Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa for a travelling exhibition.
Paddy Carrol Tjungurrayi had extensive ceremonial knowledge as evidenced in the range of Dreaming stories depicted in his paintings, which include Witchetty Grub, Wallaby, Yala (Bush Potato), Possum, Goanna, Woman, Man, Malyippi (Sweet Potato), Wapiti (Sweet Potato), Yawalyurra (Bush Grapes), Mukaki and other Bush Tucker stories, Carpet Snake, and Ngatijirri (Budgerigar).
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia.
Broken Hill Art Gallery.
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide.
Museum of Victoria, Melbourne.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra.
The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth.
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, U.S.A
1981, Anvil Art Gallery, Albury
1982, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane
1982, Georges Exhibition, Melbourne
1983, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1984, Anvil Art Gallery, Albury
1984, Painters of the Western Desert: Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Paddy Carroll
Tjungurrayi and Uta Uta Tjangala, Adelaide Artsfestival
1984, Papunya and Beyond, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1984, Aboriginal Art, an Exhibition Presented by the Australian Institute of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra
1985, Dot and Circle, a retrospective survey of the Aboriginal acrylic paintings
of Central Australia, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne
1989, Aboriginal Art: The Continuing Tradition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1990, Art Dock, Contemporary Art from Australia, Noumea, New Caledonia
1990, Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection,
Harvard University, University of Minnesota, Lake Oswego Center for the Arts,
United States of America
1991, The Painted Dream: Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings from the Tim and Vivien
Johnson Collection, Auckland City Art Gallery and Te Whare Taonga Aoteroa National
Art Gallery, New Zealand.
1992, Tjukurrpa, Museum fur Volkerkunde, Basel.
1992/3, New Tracks Old Land: An Exhibition of Contemporary Prints from Aboriginal
Australia, touring USA and Australia
1993, Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Kung Gubunga,Oasis Gallery, Broadbeach,Qld
1993, Tjukurrpa, Desert Dreamings, Aboriginal Art from Central Australia (1971-1993),
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA
1993, The Tenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of
the Northern Territory, Darwin
1994, The Eleventh National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery
of the Northern Territory, Darwin
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